Back in Oregon

Central Point, Oregon: Nothing exciting to report today. Driving north on Interstate 5. Weather was fine. Not a lot of traffic. Shasta Reservoir is completely full, as were every river and creek we saw today. After a seven-month absence, we have returned to our home state. Oregon is so green. We are back in the realm of every 30th-or-so passing car (all cars pass us) honking and waving and Throwing The O - to give a shout-out to the big Oregon "O" painted on the back of our bus.


We love to explore the area around Ashland and Medford in Southern Oregon, but there were no really nice places to camp. No longer a problem! Just north of Medford on Exit 33 (33 miles over the California border on I-5), is Southern Oregon RV Park. It is associated with the county fairgrounds, is really new, and really nice, and is close to Medford, Ashland and Jacksonville.

Gogi's Restaurant.

Jacksonville was founded during the Oregon Gold Rush (yeah, Oregon had one too) in 1851, but was largely abandoned after the mines were depleted. But nearly 100 original sandstone brick buildings remained after the boon, and the entire town was declared a National Historical Landmark in 1966. Jacksonville is also the home to the first Chinatown in Oregon - when workers immigrated north, from San Francisco, in the 1850s. The area is rich in agriculture - especially famed forHarry & David Pears, the world-renown Britt Music & Arts Festival, and is now becoming known for their wines and amazing cheeses. Lots to explore (and taste) in this area.

Until my next update, I remain, your Oregonian correspondent.

RV PARK: Southern Oregon RV Park - Everything you could want for a visit to the area. 30 & 50 amp sites, laundry and bathhouses. Along long bike path/hiking trail, dog run, fishing ponds, free wifi, adjacent to county fairgrounds and amphitheater. Each site has a picnic table and fire pit. Over 90 sites. No pool. No hot tub. Some freeway noise. We paid $40 for a premium pull-through site.

Long pull-through sites at Southern Oregon RV Park in Central Point

Lake for fishing and picnicking

Another view of the lake